By Sara Huber At Home Colorado
Boulder Creek Neighborhoods Announces Limited Edition Homes at Baseline
Louisville-based lifestyle builder Boulder Creek Neighborhoods, perhaps best known for lower-maintenance patio homes, is bringing brand new, contemporary, dynamic, and vibrant homes to Broomfield. Baseline, a premier sustainable master planned community, is a residential and business haven seated at the junction of I-25, Northwest Parkway (E-470) and Baseline Road. Meticulously designed to celebrate Baseline’s innovative approach, Boulder Creek’s Limited Edition homes will be an entirely unique entrant into the Colorado real estate market.
Boulder Creek Neighborhoods principal architect Mitch Traeger said his designs for these homes were inspired by Baseline’s supremely walkable and exceptionally livable urban- meets-nature development plan. The crown of the Denver/Boulder triangle, the 1,100-acre Baseline community will include more than nine thousand residencies at build- out and will link city and nature with a network of pocket parks, a comprehensive trail system, more than 170 acres of open land, educational opportunities and a dining, business and retail district. Moreover, the Butterfly Pavilion, currently based in Westminster and the only stand- alone accredited facility dedicated to invertebrates in the world, is slated to relocate to Baseline within five years, and a regional park, pedestrian pathway and a market-style plaza will weave Baseline’s pollinator district, businesses and homes into a mosaic of sustainable urban living.
Inspired designs for ultimate urban living
Traeger took his initial cue for Boulder Creek’s Baseline homes from the main pedestrian plaza, where homeowners can easily step from nature to retail to home. His majestic designs, all three stories, “create homes where the party flows off the streetscape,” he said. “The homes are designed with rear-loaded three-car garages, so we’re pushing the houses forward to the streetscape,” he continued. “That gives you a strong sense of community. You are interacting more with your neighbors, with the environment. And since the house greets you at the street level, the building architecture takes a prominent and charismatic role.”
For Traeger, knowing the “architecture becomes the jewelry on the street,” made designing Boulder Creek’s Baseline collection exciting and edgy. “The words we keep going back to are contemporary, dynamic and vibrant. With these homes, you don’t have the luxury of hiding any imperfection with landscaping. The homes must be grand and gracious from every angle.”
Thus, in one of Trager’s designs, a magnificent two-story porch entrance with a centered outdoor fireplace and a stunning bank of windows welcomes homeowners with a luxury-hotel vibe. In another floor plan, three large outdoor spaces are tucked onto the side of the home, ensuring privacy while also pouring natural light into each level. In still another plan, the front porch features a privacy screen and plenty of room for potted plants, outdoor dining and lounge chairs.
Functionality and flexibility
A modern aesthetic is exciting, but what about the way the homes at Baseline will function? “We believe these designs will bring an entirely new and iconic housing type to the market,” said Traeger. Finishing at 2900 – 3300 square feet, all with three stories, included three-car garages, and offering 3 – 5 bedrooms, the new Limited Edition homes were imagined for home buyers that are looking for sleek, modern styling, but aren’t willing to sacrifice entertaining spaces, home offices, and bedrooms for young and old children alike.
“Even if we all share basic housing needs, we all live differently, so my goal was to make these designs as flexible as they can be,” Traeger said.
That flexibility flows through the design of each Limited Edition home at Baseline. Homes can be personalized with gourmet “entertainer’s” kitchens and varied configurations of flex rooms, pocket offices, and covered porches.
“We knew some people would want a grill near the kitchen, so we figured out how to do that while keeping the grand entrance,” Traeger said. Striking exterior architectural designs like sleek, flat-looking rooftops complete the contemporary vibe and are expected to have an almost magnetic draw for homebuyers seeking something different from standard suburban architecture.
At the front door, Boulder Creek’s Baseline floor plans open onto the lower level, with the main level being the second floor. Lower levels move seamlessly from an elegant entrance to a rec room and may include a flex space, extra bedroom, pocket office or crafting studio – “really, it’s up to the individual lifestyle of the homeowner as to how they will use this additional space.”
On the main level, the heart of the home, a universal open space stretches from the front windows to well-appointed kitchens in the rear. In some plans, the “entertainer’s” kitchen option features a giant six-burner gas cooktop, a built-in double oven, a 48-inch refrigerator, a second dishwasher, stations for baking and prep and a generous butler’s pantry; the prime appliances, such as Viking and Thermador, carry peak Energy Star ratings. The spacious kitchen island is “perfect for whatever the homeowners want to do – homework, a puzzle or serious baking,” Traeger said. Adjacent to the kitchen, designs feature flexible dining nooks, living areas, and hearth spaces. “These are the energetic spaces where I envision elegant dinner parties, kids hanging out, maybe for family game night,” he said.
Traeger’s Baseline plans can be further personalized with flex rooms near the dining space as varied as a wine room, a game or card room or a floor-to-ceiling library. Optional barn doors can be closed for privacy or to create a pocket office, ideal for those working from home. Fireplaces may anchor a sizable sectional or multiple sofas, and natural light will play beautifully off the wood floors and high-end finishes (home buyers partner with Boulder Creek Neighborhoods to select finishes and fixtures during the building process). The intuitive space presents endless opportunities: “You could even forego the couch and put a pool table in here if that’s your thing,” said Traeger with a laugh.
The top levels continue with the theme of individuality, offering oversized master suites and closets, contemporary bathroom designs with Euro showers and soaking bathtubs, three and five bedroom layouts, as well as loft and flex spaces. “The idea for the top “sleeping level” is that the home becomes eminently usable for all ages and stages of life,” said Traeger.
Boulder Creek plus Baseline equals maximum efficiency
“Boulder Creek homes are always very intentional and focused on living well, and these homes stay true to our mission,” Traeger said. Efficient and crafted with a focus on durable materials, Boulder Creek homes offer new home warranties and are inherently lower maintenance. Solar is also planned to be included on each home – adding to both the sustainability and efficiency of the community. “We hope to create unique spaces that inspire people to live well,” Traeger said.
Finally, Boulder Creek’s long- standing dedication to energy efficiency makes the award- winning builder a great fit at Baseline, where homes must adhere to vigorous sustainability guidelines. Alternative energy,
LED lighting, drip irrigation and differentiated plantings to conserve water reflect community values. Furthermore, alongside the trail system, regional park and dozens of pocket parks, Baseline will also feature an amphitheater, fields and courts for sport and playgrounds. “This is an ideal place to thrive in every sense of the word,” said Traeger.
Though the first Boulder Creek homes at Baseline won’t break ground until later this year, interest lists are forming now.